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    Ireland Elementary School fifth-grader Maci Buck, left, and fourth-grader Hallie Rue hugged each other as the results were announced at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at the Ireland school on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Tenth Street School fifth-grader Grant Hawkins waited for the timer to go off after he wrote a word during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Ireland Elementary School fourth-grader Hallie Rue crossed her fingers while waiting for the results of the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at the Ireland school Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Ireland Elementary School fifth-grader Reece Fromme checked the spelling of a word during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at the Ireland school on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Otwell Elementary School fifth-grader Stephen Krieg nervously awaited his turn to spell during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Nancy Hanks Elementary School fifth-grader Haley Osborne waited for the timer to sound during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Ireland Elementary School fifth-grader Claire Witte waited for the timer to sound during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at the Ireland school on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Holy Family School fourth-graders Celeste Eby, left, and Lexi Gress went from being nervous to happy as they saw that their teammate correctly spelled a word during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Nancy Hanks Elementary School fifth-grader Haley Osborne hugged her teammate fourth-grader Emma Haefling before Emma's turn to spell during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Teammates Bobby Gogel, left, and Owen Rahman, fifth-graders, and fourth-grader Kiersten Gogel also gathered around her. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Holland Elementary School fourth-grader Kaden Nuekam closed his eyes tightly as he tried to remember how to spell a word during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Nancy Hanks Elementary School sixth-grader Luke Rahman, left, and fourth-grader Emma Haefling looked over the list of words before their turns to spell during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Huntingburg Elementary fifth-grader Brandon Fakes thought before writing a word during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Holland Elementary School fourth-grader Alexis Smith commented on a word choice to her teammates during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Otwell Elementary School fifth-grader Charlotte Dudenhoeffer nervously waited for the timer to sound during the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at Ireland Elementary School on Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Ireland Elementary School fifth-grader Claire Witte, left, and fourth-grader Hallie Rue cheered as they waited for the rest of their team to sit back down after receiving their first-place ribbons at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl elementary division at the Ireland school Thursday evening. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald